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    • Ben Gurion
    • 10.07.06 | 18:03 (IDT)

    Iran has little to do with the present crisis. It did not instigate it and does not control it. The Shalit kidnappers follow the Hizballah playbook which proved successful in the past. They wanted some "payment" in order to inform about Shalit's medical condition. That's what Hizballah used to do. But the kidnappers relented to Egyptian pressure and allowed Shalit be visited for free. Hello, Iran is not important here, Egypt is. Iran is a supporter of Hizballah and Hamas, but the money they give is lower that what Hamas lost by European cutoff of funds. If Hamas wants to establish a firm rule in the PA, the road for them is to get into a political deal with Israel, not to follow Iran. As far as we can tell, that's the road they are taking.

    from the article: Between cease-fire and flame-fanning
    First published 00:00 10.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 10.07.06
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